Fleetwood Town face Hull City on Friday 9 October at Highbury Stadium in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Hull City
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Friday 9 October 2020
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Match officials: Ollie Yates (Referee), Thomas Harty and Paul Kelly (Assistant Referees), Anthony Backhouse (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood have had a frustrating start to the Sky Bet League One season this year. The side started the season off with a 2-1 win over Burton Albion – thanks to goals by Josh Morris and Callum Camps on the day – but have been unlucky in the last few fixtures and haven’t got the results they were looking for.
Outside the league campaign, Fleetwood enjoyed a run up to the third round of the Carabao Cup, where they faced off against Premier League toppers Everton at Highbury. Even with The Toffees putting out a very strong side, Town stood their own and put two past England international Jordan Pickford in a valiant performance.
Last time out, the Cod Army walked away 3-0 victors on Tuesday night as they managed to overcome Aston Villa U21 in the EFL Trophy, with forward Harvey Saunders scoring a perfect hat-trick that night in just 15 minutes.
Hull have had the start that they would have hoped for back in the summer as they sit joint top of Sky Bet League One after winning their first four games. They began their campaign with a 2-0 win over Gillingham away from home, before they travelled to Premier League side Leeds United a few days later and beat them on penalties in the Carabao Cup.
The Tigers have since beaten Crewe Alexandra, thanks to a Mallik Wilks goal, at the KCOM Stadium. They then went to Northampton Town and won that game 2-0 before hosting Plymouth Argyle on their last outing, which they won 1-0 – keeping up their streak of not conceding a league goal so far this season.
COACHES QUOTES – JOEY BARTON
“Hull are a good side who normally play 433. They’ve got no Josh Magennis, but they are one of the sides who set the course at the start of the season to get promoted at the first attempt.
“They are a side that will be there, or thereabouts, come the end of the season. It will be a great opportunity to get a level on where we are at against one of the promotion chasing teams.
“Hull will be looking to take three points, they won’t care that we aren’t at 100% at the moment, it’s just the case of the industry. We are raring to go and we are hoping to upset the form book a little bit by doing what we do at home.”
ONE TO WATCH – KEANE LEWIS-POTTER
One to watch in the Hull side under the lights is forward, Keane Lewis-Potter. The 19-year-old has shone in Hull’s Under 18s and Under 23s over the last couple of seasons.
He was named as the Academy Player of the Year in 2018/19 after an impressive campaign saw him score 24 goals in just 34 games for the Tigers at U18s and U23s levels - before enjoying his breakthrough campaign at first-team level in 2019/20.
Lewis-Potter has made a total of 31 appearance in all competitions, and has scored five goals in that time, with his first senior goal came in a 3-1 defeat away at Barnsley last season, and his last one coming in the 2-0 win over Northampton Town in September.